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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Development of a Small-Scale HTST Milk Processing Line for Small and Mid-Size Dairy Farms

    SBC: Atlantic Corporation            Topic: 812

    Project Description and Objectives:The overarching goal of this SBIR project is to develop a cost-effective, small-scale milk processing line for HTST pasteurization as a pathway to increased revenue and profitability for small and mid-size dairy farms. Intensive research will answer critical questions in two key areas: 1) Technical Feasibility - analysis of currently available processing line com ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. A novel robotic solution for improving tomato harvesting process in greenhouses. Includes design of a new machine learning vision algorithm for harvesting.

    SBC: Four Growers, Inc.            Topic: 813

    In the US alone, 3 billion pounds of consumed fresh tomatoes are grown in greenhouse farms. These farms improve food security, require less land, and consume less resources; however, for these farms to operate, large labor forces are needed to maintain, harvest, and package the tomatoes. These jobs, though paying well above minimum wage, do not attract local workers and force farmers to use immigr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Self-Propelled Grain Cart to Increase Yield and Efficiency and Decrease Soil Compaction

    SBC: GS ENGINEERING, INC.            Topic: 813

    Autonomous Vehicle Regulation:The time is ripe for introducing Autonomous Vehicles (AV) to the agricultural market. Michigan is the nation's leader in AV regulations, having passed 5 laws regulating AV operation in 2015 and 2016. On December 9, 2016 Governor Snyder signed into law PA 332 which allows for autonomous operation on any Michigan public road at any time and for any purpose without a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Ultra-High Efficiency Ethylene Scrubber to Reduce Cold Storage Costs of Produce

    SBC: Sonata Scientific            Topic: 813

    The importance of improving postharvest handling can be understood in terms of the primary impact of poor postharvest care--food loss. Technologies for improving postharvest handling focus on extending the shelf life of the fruit or vegetable while maintaining or improving upon the quality of the produce. A major achievement in prolonging produce storage life has been the implementation of cold st ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. A Milk-Based MicroRNA Assay to Stratify BLV Infectiousness in Dairy Cattle

    SBC: Northstar Cooperative, Inc.            Topic: 83

    Milk samples are a rich matrix of diagnostically relevant biomarkers that capture the acute physiology of the dairy cow. Almost all serological ELISAs are applicable in milk and, as forensic technologies continue to become a superior diagnostic tool in the dairy industry, the use of genetic markers in milk are becoming the forefront of dairy molecular diagnostics. Established national DHI sampling ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Desulfurization of Biodiesel Produced from Low-Quality Feedstocks

    SBC: Environmental Fuel Research, LLC            Topic: 88

    As biodiesel production in the USA increases, bottlenecks in feedstock appear likely. Several companies have formed to investigate novel forms of conversion of lower cost feedstocks but all have found the same substantial hurdle, meeting the 15PPM sulfur specification of ASTM D6751. Numerous experiments have shown that low-cost fats, oils and greases may contain 300 - 500PPM sulfur and that no sin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Treetective: Using Panoramic, Ground-Level Imagery for Virtual Tree Inventories

    SBC: Azavea Inc.            Topic: 81

    The proposed research will evaluate the use of panoramic, street-level imagery to support and enhance community forestry. Similar to a windshield survey, these publicly available mapping resources can provide baseline data on tree species or genus, diameter, and condition that can be used to support future planting initiatives and best management practices. Furthermore, when combined with both man ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Brackish Water for Condensation Irrigation

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 84

    Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. will develop a low-cost, high-efficiency condensation irrigation system to desalinate brackish water and provide affordable freshwater for agricultural applications. Solar thermal energy or low grade waste heat will be used to vaporize water from brackish water and humidify air; the hot humid air will then be sent to buried perforated condensation pipes and cond ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Nitrate and Phosphate Biosensor for Handheld Monitoring of Water, Soil and Crops

    SBC: Nitrate Elimination Co Inc, The            Topic: 84

    NECi proposes to develop a low cost, handheld device similar in form and function to the glucose meters used by diabetics, but for measurement of the plant nutrients nitrate and phosphate. The inexpensive meter will use disposable sensor strips. Sensing is based on immobilized enzyme films "printed" onto the electrode material of the sensor strips. Recombinant enzymes are the sensing agents: nitra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. The Green Processing of a Novel FDA Exempt ("Natural") Food Color Additive

    SBC: Persea Naturals LLC            Topic: 85

    There is growing consumer demand for "clean-label" food ingredients including color additives derived from natural sources. Colorant-related issues represent 3 of the top 10 concerns of consumers about food ingredients, and numerous food manufacturers and retailers have publically committed to removing synthetic food colors from their products. Fruit/vegetable-derived anthocyanins, carotenoids, an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
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